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The RHS Allotment Handbook: The Expert Guide for Every Fruit and Veg Grower (Royal Horticultural Society Handbooks) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; 01 edition (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335397
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

The RHS expert guide to growing fruit, vegetables and flowers on an allotment or equivalent plot, exploring best practice growing advice, allotment life and its numerous benefits.

About the Author

The RHS is the UK's leading authority on gardening, a charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. The RHS has published numerous titles with Mitchell Beazley, including Grow your own Veg, Grow your own Fruit, the RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques and RHS New Gardening


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By Sue H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for any one considering getting an allotment. As can be seen from the browse able pages the is a broad list of contents. Consideration is given to why grow your own and practical aspects such as what to start growing for quck easy results with young children. The sections on fruit, veg, herbs are clearly laid out with tips- `if only I'd known'. Consideration is given to which crops are easy to grow and expensive to buy or not available in the shops .e.g. chard The text is modern considering for example if chitting potatoes (letting them grow eyes) does increase the crop of all types or not. There is even a small section on livestock bees and chickens. The down side of the book is that in ~200 pages with a coverage of every topic nothing is covered in much detail. There is little on pests and diseases- however the Dr D.G Hessayon book is good on this topic and if you dwell too much on this area you'll never grow any thing e.g. brassicas (cabbage family) lime the soil to make it less hospitable to club root, put collars around the neck of the plant to stop another pest laying its eggs, net the crop to keep off cabbage white butterfly which will eat your crop and poo all over it in summer. (pay £40 to net a medium sized bed with fine mesh, aluminium frame...keep it on over winter to keep the pidgeons off, oh yes some brassica will be taking ground space for the best part of a year.) This is not recommended for those who have had an allotment or grown fruit and veg for several years. There are some excellent photos and after 15 mins browsing the pages I can't wait for the rain to stop so I can get outside and start planting. Vegetable and Herb Expert
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Being new to the world of allotments I found this a great help to get me on a successful path of allotmenteering.

When I first obtained my plot I felt daunted as to what to do with it. This book has increased my confidence and after a quick read through today I feel raring to go. Great timing of the release of this book as I realised I was running out of time to get my plot prepared for my first growing season. I now feel prepared and educated in the basic requirements of allotment life and look forward to putting the books ideas and advice into practice.

Thank you RHS for this publication.
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I was bought this book by my mother who had simply spotted it in the stock of some well know book people who leave stock and work places and school for mail order... It was a great find, considering my mother isn't in to gardening that doesn't involve flowers. Its great to look up individual crops and see what they require either when considering whether to grow them or when trouble shooting. It also contains info about pests and diseases in a limited fashion which can point you in the right direction when trying to discover what it is eating your plants or if there is a deficiency or illness. I use this book along side Alan Buckingham's Allotment Month By Month and Carol Klein's Grow Your Own Veg and between them they keep me on track and answer most of my questions, as i can cross section issues and advice and make a good evaluation.
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This is a fantastic book, especially for the price. If you're interested in growing food I'd highly recommend it because it walks you though step by step what you need to do, what tools you'll need, when you should plant things (month by month), when things will harvest, how you get ready for future years, what the best things to grow are (even a guide about what's easy to grow but expensive to buy for example), etc.

Also, it's a big book - because of the low price I assumed that it would be quite small, but it's A4 size and it's over 200 pages long.

A very nice book overall, I'd be lost without it now!
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Having only just been allowed to take over the vegetable garden by my husband (!!) I found this book very helpful in all it's advice. Good clear pictures and not too much jargon expecting me to know the basics already. The freezer is filling very nicely thank you !!
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Definitely the best allotment boom out there - not preachy or dictatorial like so many others. Considers the economic considerations of growing and eating your own food, makes millions of suggestions but never says "do this coz that's how it's done and that's it shut up and don't argue" like so many other books do. Good advice on all the veg - even less familiar types, and even some flowers. No filler - every page is useful. the only allotment book you'll ever need.
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I nice addition to my growing library of allotment, vegtable growing books. Good detailed information on the most common veg and fruit grown on allotments. Nicely set out, with lots of pictures. Some of it is a little basic but I'm happy with this book overall. A nice publication with all the information to get you started with your allotment.
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I bought this book for myself a few weeks ago and have enjoyed it very much. It is very comprehensive and readable with a nice writing style. The photos are lovely and show how easy it is to have a productive and attractive allotment. I am quite an experienced gardener and can see that this book will become a useful reference as it gives best planting dates as well as spacings and so on. It is certainly a book that I would buy again
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